A second whole 30 almost done…wait where did the time go?

Well 20+ days into my second whole 30.  WOW.  This time I had new challenges that I didn’t pay attention to the first time.  Eating out.  Something I used to do 3-4 times a week prior to changing my eating and during the first whole 30 I think I only ate out one time.  This time it seemed it was unavoidable.  What I mean by that is events came up and dinner dates were important to keep which posed the challenge of eating out and not knowing truly exactly what was on the food I was eating.  I probably haven’t been as strict with this whole 30 as last time but I truly believe that the choices I made were the best ones I could and I feel proud of that!  So some tips to pass on.

1) I tried to choose the restaurant that I knew I could be successful with.  It is nails on chalkboard for me when I hear people say you choose the restaurant cause you are the picky eater or have special things to worry about.  AGH!  I had to take in those comments and just say yup, I do choose to eat differently and it is okay.  So getting to choose the restaurant can work in your favor.  For me it is I don’t want to make it about me  and I consider other peoples choices so it does cause me anxiety to have to make the decision for everyone.  I work on being okay with it and make me first when others decide they don’t care.  I researched menus and looked for restaurants that are farm to table, know that they don’t mind me altering the menu, and have higher quality meats.  I mean every place I can make work but if I am going to be given a choice then I might as well have some things to think about when looking for one that will work.

2) At the restaurants I asked questions.  Lots of questions.  What is the meat marinated with? How is the meat cooked? What seasonings do you use?  I asked for a gluten free menu. I made sure to ask for grilled items with no seasoning, steamed veggies or salads.

3)You have to be confident in your choices and feel good about them. This ultimately needs to be very important for me.  I can’t beat myself up for maybe not asking for something or forgetting to get the dressing on the side or to ask what kind of oil they use to cook their food.  I ate it, I moved on, and I learned from my experience.  I had to take comfort in knowing that the rest of the week I would be able to control the food and what I ate when I cooked and I did the best I could.

So although the best choice is to make all my food, this time around I accepted eating out as an option and did the best I could.  It’s real life and if I am going to make this work, then I need to be able to adapt my eating choices to fit all of my situations.

This month I was in charge of my cooking club menu.  Have I told you how my cooking club has changed my life in such a positive way?  Well- there is so much I could say.  But I feel the most important is the way I was able to join these girls and how they accepted each stage of my food journey and help guide me in a positive way to try new things.  They let me discover what I wanted to change and do.  Surrounding yourself with people that have similar beliefs and goals makes things run a little bit smoother.

I want to share with you some recipes that were on my menu.  There was so many delicious ones that I want everyone to try them!!! I took all my favorite foods from my early 30’s and looked for a healthy version of them.  Healthy is such a widely used term.  I should say I tried to make them Whole 30 approved! 🙂 I linked each word to the blog (website) for you to find the recipe.  Make one of them…delicious!

Appetizer

Zucchini Chips with Quacamole

I love Guacamole.  Actually ketchup used to be my favorite and might still be, but I use quac for most things now. The Zucchini chips (from Dinner- mom Blog) get really small and weren’t as crispy and I was hoping but still delicious. The quacamole recipe (from allrecipes) is the closest I could find to my own personal creation.  I would use a lot less salt then what this recipe calls for!

Sides

Prosciutto fig and pistachio salad with a vinaigrette dressing

I could eat a salad for every meal!   This is one of my favorite web sites.  This is from the author of Primal Cravings. I highly recommend this cookbook for anyone considering Paleo as a way of eating.  It doesn’t have many whole 30 recipes but many Paleo that are fabulous.  Or just check out her website weekly for her updates.  YUMMY! This salad has delicious salad dressing and I absolutely loved the pistachios and crispy prosciutto.  I have it planned for several meals this week!

Main Dishes

Pizza reinvented and a new take on Turkey Meatballs

I consider myself a pizza connoisseur.  Yes my friends find places for us to try the pizza when we travel cause they know how much I love to eat pizza! They find it funny how I can analyze a pizza.  I feel it is all about the sauce but now that I have changed the way I eat, it is finding a good crust with a balance of toppings. This pizza recipe I got from paleomg and my friend Krissy changed it up a bit and made this awesome version she brought to cooking club.  I linked her version from her blog. You won’t be disappointed!  Meatballs (recipe from Paleomg).  OMG, life would not be complete without meatballs.  I eat them every other week, so finding different recipes to use is ideal!  The Italian side of me just loves a good meatball! My husband said you could eat these just as a snack with no sauce.  I agree!  You could use these as an appetizer!

Dessert

Peanut Butter Balls

Okay.. dessert is not whole 30.  But for cooking club you make one for those not following to try and to save for when whole 30 is finished! So yummy.  Peanut butter and chocolate! Everyone must love a good peanut butter and chocolate recipe.  This is the healthy way of looking at this dessert and oh boy so yummy!

Lastly I want to share with you some exciting news that in a few months might benefit you in a way.  I am taking my cookbook virtual.  I found an app that lets me enter all of my recipes in it.  Personal recipes as well as recipes I get from blogs and cookbooks. My goal is to be able to share my recipes with others easier and not have you have to print out anything.

I hope you get a chance to try a recipe.  If you do, let me know how it went.